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Shakespeare’s Baptism Day

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.142  Saturday, 31 March 2012

 

[1] From:        John Briggs < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         March 30, 2012 1:16:36 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Baptism

 

[2] From:        Ward Elliott < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         March 30, 2012 8:55:58 PM EDT

     Subject:     RE: SHAKSPER: Baptism

 

[3] From:        Joseph Egert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         March 31, 2012 1:01:54 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Baptism 

 

 

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From:        John Briggs < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         March 30, 2012 1:16:36 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Baptism

 

Kelly Rivers wrote:

 

>It was a Sunday.

 

Carol Barton wrote:

 

>In response to Hannibal’s inquiry: it was a Sunday. See 

>http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/dayofweek.html

 

It wasn’t—it really wasn’t. Please note that “This Day of the Week calculator uses the Gregorian calendar.”

 

John Briggs

 

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From:        Ward Elliott < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         March 30, 2012 8:55:58 PM EDT

Subject:     RE: SHAKSPER: Baptism

 

I should have paid closer attention to which day-of-the-week calculator I picked from Google, but I can’t remember which it was that gave me Wednesday.  There are several such calculators on offer; I picked the first; and it now seems that they don’t always agree.  Most are aimed at living people and don’t go earlier than 1900.  The ancestorsearch calculator helpfully supplied by Carol Barton does go back to Shakespeare’s time and does give you Sunday for April 26th but cautions that it is on the Gregorian, not the Julian calendar, which was in force in Shakespeare’s time.  It doesn’t supply a Gregorian-to-Julian converter, probably because different countries made the change at different times.  I bet there is one somewhere, but it didn’t leap out from my shallow Google search.  Both Schoenbaum and Akroyd, the first two references I consulted, say April 23, Shakespeare’s conjectured birthday, fell on a Sunday in 1564, which, if so, would put the 26th on a Wednesday on the Julian calendar.

 

Yours,

Ward Elliott

 

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From:        Joseph Egert < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         March 31, 2012 1:01:54 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Baptism 

 

Hannibal Hamlin asks,

 

“What day of the week was April 26, 1564 (the day Shakespeare was baptised)?”

 

My vote is Wednesday, 14th of Iyyar, 5324 (assuming Will was born before sunset).

 

In return, may I ask Prof Hamlin the following:

 

A distinguished critic in his illuminating essay “William Shakespeare” (2009) has written (p 229): “in the Hebrew, the verbs have no tense”. Is this true? Does the Hebrew of EXODUS 3:14 truly translate as the Geneva Bible’s “I AM THAT I AM”?

 

Curious,

Joe Egert

 

 

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